What a DAY!

Yesterday was my birthday. Started out with both Miranda and I going to the doctor. Miranda for a rat bite that was trying to get infected. Me, well, another UTI. Never had one this bad before, and hopefully never will again!

Apparently Miranda and Annette tried to combine some of their rat colonies the other day. Annette’s oldest rat was protective of the young ones in his cage. He perceived Miranda’s rat as a threat and quickly forced him into a submissive posture. Miranda, without thinking about the fact her rat was terrified, grabbed him to put him back in her cage. In his fear, he bit her. She managed to get him back to his own cage, and take care of the finger, but it still tried to get infected. Then, this morning, one of her three older rats passed away. I have the duty of taking his body to the vet to be properly disposed of. We can’t bury them in the yard, since we rent. And, they are actually way too big to be thrown in the trash can! I don’t mind this duty. I’ve done it more times than I care to count. Our veterinarian handles the issue of disposal for no fee, so it isn’t so bad.

For me, this UTI I have developed became a literal bloody mess over the weekend. By the time I got to the doctor yesterday morning, I apparently had drank enough water to help flush most of it out, but it was, and still is, there! I’m on a ten day run of an anti-biotic and go back to see the doctor again in two weeks. Oh fun. . . LOL If my kidneys start hurting, I will call the doctor. I had a very serious infection right before we moved here about 19 years ago. I do NOT plan to allow anything like that to ever happen to me again! I still wonder how much damage that 104 – 106 degree fever did to my mind.

After those two appointments, I came home, worked on my wolf cross-stitch for a while, then had to take Annette to her Podiatry appointment. Turns out the reason her heal hurts so bad is she has inflamed ligaments in it! She’s on treatment for that, I think. She goes back in a month to see if it helped. She has some odd looking splint that she’s supposed to wear when sleeping to gently stretch the ligaments in her foot. I really hope it helps. She’s had a lot of pain with this!

I bought some pre-made chicken cordon bleu at Safeway Sunday. Baked those before going to pick up Miranda after work. The cake I had ordered was absolutely beautiful! It didn’t taste bad either. Marble cake with German chocolate icing and pink and purple roses all over the top! YUM! I was surprised by the gift from Miranda. It was two of those lovely Monster High “Scaris” collection dolls! The golden ‘dragon’ girl, Jinafire Long, and the very pretty gargoyle girl, Rochelle Goyle. They are displayed near my computer, along with the other five I have gathered up over the last year or so. The gift from Annette is going to arrive today. I’m sure it will be something fantastic! Annette is very careful about her gifts. She always chooses something she knows the person receiving it will appreciate. It should be here soon, along with her paradise fish she ordered for her upgraded fish tank. . . The fish is actually only there for a flash of color and to “feed” the plants in the underwater garden she grows.

The biggest surprise came from Garry. . . a very nice card and a large purple orchid! He knows I can actually keep those alive, and even have them bloom again, so it’s a good choice for me! 🙂 I really like that orchid!

Yesterday was a very long day, getting up early and getting to bed late. Today is going to be equally long, but I expect it will be busy and maybe even fun! I have the kitchen to clean up, but other than that, and laundry, there isn’t much I need to do. I will work on my cross-stitch projects, and maybe get a new top cut out. I’m planning to be a little less busy today than I was yesterday! LOL


I’m doing a LOT of cross-stitching lately. My wolf ‘dream catcher’ piece is about half done. Most of that was done in the last couple weeks. I bought the kit several years ago, while waiting around for tires to be put on one of our cars. LOL I have a piece I want to present to my nephew and his wife that is a Native American wedding prayer. It is absolutely gorgeous! I hope to have it done quickly, but I also have one that is going to be for my husband for our anniversary in August. That one is a Bucilla kit, #WM45656  and it’s called “Love You Always”. It’s a pair of bluebirds on a branch. The saying says :

“Loved you Yesterday

Love you still.

Always have,

Always will.”

Quite appropriate for our 36th anniversary, don’t you think?

I saw my counselor yesterday. She always asks what I’m doing for me. I think it is a safe bet to say my crafts are for me. I love making things, and giving them away. I am also planning a couple of new outfits for myself, and thinking hard about attempting something more complicated in my knitting.

The really strange thing is that I actually have been thinking about writing again. I guess that is why I started using this blog once more. With all my projects, and my housework, and making sure people get to where they need to be, I’ll be doing well to get any writing done, but the urge to write is growing. It won’t be long and I will have to sit down and write. . . Just not sure what, yet.


(Had to edit the anniversary. It is 36 not 26! )

Long Forgotten Blog

I hadn’t thought about this site for a very long time (Notice when the LAST post was?) Then today I got this email saying someone wanted to post something in response to one of my posts. LOL  I like the “Check for SPAM” feature, it removed that post for me.

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog again. Guess I don’t have to start a new one, I can just go back to this one! 🙂

She’s *only* a dog, so why can’t I stop crying?

Six weeks ago tomorrow, Tourmaline, my Pomeranian, jumped out of my hands about 8 inches from the floor and broke her right front leg when she landed. Two weeks ago she messed up her second splint/cast and had to have it replaced. Some how that vet had a feeling he needed to x-ray that leg, and wouldn’t let the tech put her down until he did. I held her for a while as they waited for the X-ray machine to be free so they could use it. There were a lot of injured dogs in the veterinarians’ offices that day.

Tourmaline’s X-ray showed that her leg wasn’t healing properly. It was still in perfect alignment from when I straightened it without even thinking the day she broke it. But, it looked like it had happened just days ago, maybe ten days to two weeks before the X-ray, and it had already been four weeks! They re-splinted her leg and told me if it doesn’t heal soon, it may need to be pinned. Tourmaline has been losing weight since this happened so I was already worried about what would happen to her if they tried to do surgery.

Today she had another appointment. X-rays were again taken (and at $80 or so a visit for those alone, it is getting quite expensive!). The doctor that saw her when she messed up her cast a couple weeks ago popped his head in and said it hasn’t changed much since the last pictures were done. When the vet actually taking care of her today actually came in, he asked me to come look at the X-rays. He compared the first day, to two weeks ago and then to today’s X-rays. There is only a little more bone growth than there was two weeks ago, but that’s just it, there WAS some bone growth! The bones still have a gap where the breaks are (she broke both bones in the lower part of her leg). He suggested going to Austin to see a veterinarian orthopedic doctor. I told him I could no way afford that, so we have to move to plan B… Four more weeks of splinting.

Tourmaline was the runt of her litter. The dogs she was bred from were very poor examples of the Pomeranian breed. They also both have black hair, and are very oversized with mother weighing about 10 pounds and father weighing 15! Pomeranians are supposed to be 5 to 8 pounds. The reason the black hair is important is that in some dog breeds when you breed the black hair to another with black hair, you could end up with bald pups, or other hair related issues. In Tourmaline’s case, well, have you ever seen a Pomeranian with curls? Her bad breeding, the fact that there is a history of severe leg problems in the family, the fact her mother rejected her at 5 weeks and the fact she is a runt all play a part in her inability to heal. All I can hope for at this point is a few good years with my special little fur ball. I can only do so much to protect her from outside forces. One thing the vet was glad about was that I still have her on puppy food, and a good brand at that. At her age, and breed, they can usually stop the puppy food at about 8 months. I have at least another six month supply, at the rate she’s eating it! She needs the extra calcium and vitamins to heal now. At least I got that part right. She’s staying on the puppy food until it runs out. . . No matter how long it takes!

I won’t give up on Tourmaline. I hope she won’t give up. She’s still a happy little dog, in spite of everything. She doesn’t seem to mind the splint. For some reason though, maybe it’s because of all the stuff that SHOULD be done now, I just can’t stop crying. I wish money weren’t an issue. I’d find that Veterinarian in Austin somehow and let him work his magic on her leg. I don’t want Tourmi to hurt! I don’t want her to have a miserable life. I want her to be happy and healthy.The Veterinarian here will be making a copy of everything he’s done with Tourmi, and include the X-rays. I told him I need my vet at home to know everything. That way she’ll be prepared for whatever happens when we get home in a couple months. I just hope that by then, Tourmaline won’t still be in a splint on that leg!

An 8 inch fall broke Tourmaline’s leg!

I woke up Tuesday morning with a sore throat and a bit of a headache. I was thinking, “this isn’t a very good way to start my day.” I had no clue it was only the beginning! I went through my normal routines, put the harness on the puppy, put leash on her, and take the dogs outside. My son’s dogs go in the kennel, but Tourmaline stays with me on a leash. It works for us, this way the big dogs don’t step on my less than five pound Pomeranian puppy. We came in, I got my shower and got a few things picked up and put away. It was quickly time to feed the dogs, and I had just realized I hadn’t eaten yet, I would have to do that after the dogs ate and went outside again. I should have grabbed something BEFORE I fed the dogs!

After the dogs ate, I set Tourmaline on the desk chair to put her leash back on the harness she wears. I was setting her on the ground and about eight inches up she squirmed, jumped and landed, screaming in pain and shock. Before I could even reach down to her, my son’s Rottweiler/golden retriever was there, from out of nowhere, whining and nosing the screaming puppy. I picked Tourmaline up and saw that her right front leg was all bunched up at the end, DEFINITELY NOT a good thing! I started crying, she was screaming,Tessa was whining and Athena was running around not sure what was happening.

I’m not sure why I did what I did next, but I am glad I did, for one thing, it stopped the noise. I placed my hand around Tourmaline’s leg. I could feel the stuff out of place inside. I kind of massaged the leg downward, towards the toes and then pulled a bit. I heard the sickening snap, and cried harder, but Tourmaline yelped once and was quiet. She was awake, looking at me like, “What the hell was that?” I hoped beyond hope that it was only dislocated, but being it was above the wrist, I knew better, really. I called my husband in Washington state and told him we were about to have a rather large expense. Then I told him I’d call him back in a few minutes when I had an estimate. I called the vet we have for here in Texas and was told to get her in, and that it would be $40 for the exam and $80 for the X-rays with whatever else was needed being additional. I called Garry back. We had the money in the account so I put Tourmi’s bed and blankets in her crate, then put her in it and buckled it into the backseat of my son’s car.

I arrived at the vet by 10 AM… half an hour after the fall. Tourmaline was quiet. She wanted me to hold her though so I did. I think at this point, I was more upset than she was. She still wanted to say hello to everyone there and she even got a little growl out at another Pom that got too close to her. Our turn finally came. The vet talked to me about what happened, and checked the leg. Tourmaline complained about it some, but not as much as I thought she would. Maybe it was just dislocated!

Time for X-rays and the beginning of the longest two hours since the night my second daughter spent all night at the ER last winter.  The X-rays were done and the vet comes in the room. He said he told the technician NOT to put the puppy down and he wanted to show me why. We went to an office where the X-ray was on a screen. No denying, it was a break. The Vet told me the other view showed more. Both the bones were broken. BUT… “you did a great job setting that. We’ll just
put her under, shave the leg and cast it. No need for surgery, or pins, you got that perfectly aligned.” I almost fainted. The technician was told to hold the puppy so she couldn’t put weight on the leg and mess up the set!

Every now and then someone came into the room to let me know what was going on while they worked on Tourmaline. They brought me the estimate of charges,
I almost passed out from shock. Today was going to be at LEAST $265, and by the time all is said and done with follow ups, it could be about $565 total! Thankfully, I could make a reasonable down payment on the day’s charges. I’ll actually be able to pay it off on my husband’s next payday. A year ago that wouldn’t have been possible.

I got home, I think I spent most of the day, while Tourmaline was still under the effects of the Morphine she’d been given at the vet’s office, crying. I couldn’t believe she jumped that close to the floor and broke her leg. I couldn’t believe how quiet she was after I’d set it, I couldn’t believe the headache I suddenly had! The stress of this day got to be too much for me. I was stunned that at 4 PM, four hours after she’d been given that shot, I actually had an alert puppy that was ready for her first dose of pain medicine. Now the real fun begins.

Tourmaline’s back legs have bad knees, especially the right one. Now her right front leg is in a cast and she can’t put any weight on it. She’s having a hard time figuring out how she’s supposed to potty. I’m sure she’ll get that under control in a day or two. Unfortunately, as the technician explained, in a couple days, Tourmaline won’t hurt so much and she’s going to want to be on the ground running, cast and all. I have to prevent that. The next two or three weeks are going to be a strain for both of us.

To make things worse, Athena, my son’s golden retriever, can’t figure out why her little playmate can’t play with her. Normally, she brings a toy out and Tourmaline grabs one end, and they tug at it, wandering around the house with this toy between them. It’s hilarious to watch, but it won’t be happening for a while. Possibly a long while. So now I have an injured puppy, and a bored retriever to tend to, a bunch of cleaning I was going to do today to do tomorrow, and shopping that I didn’t get to still needs to be taken care of. Hopefully, things will calm down again and we’ll all get some semblance of normal back into our lives soon. Considering that I’m house-sitting in a strange town in Texas rather than at home where I actually know people, I’m not quite sure how *normal* I can really expect things to get!

By the end of the day, I needed a break and decided to play my Sims 3 game. While I was sitting there I heard something fall in the closet. I had to put my laundry away and found out I couldn’t . The armoire that I was using had dropped a shelf, and it took more hands to put back than I had. Thankfully one of my son’s roommates’ girlfriends is staying here and she helped me get that back together. I have YET to put the clothes back on the shelves.  I told a friend of mine online that I wish real life worked like the Sims at times. When EVERYTHING goes wrong you can back out without saving and redo without the problems! That would have been great after a day like today! Too bad real life doesn’t work that way, isn’t it?



Shelter from a Storm

I’ve been having a little war with a family/flock of barn swallows since I got here. They want to nest on the front porch, and I don’t want them there. I have a personal problem with swallows since when I was a teenager and a bunch of them dove at me and started pulling my hair as I walked home from work. For tonight I called off the war.

Something hit the window, I don’t know what, but it was about that time I started hearing the birds making a lot of noise. I also noticed the clouds. I checked the forecast and sure enough we were in for a bad storm. Those swallows and some sparrows were having a disagreement about which of them was going to take shelter here. The swallows had won a battle with a bat a few weeks earlier, so a few sparrows were not much more of a problem. The fledgling swallows were the first to take a place on the ledge under the roof. Their parents settled in soon after. The wind gusts were powerful, the thunder and lightning terrible, and the rain torrential, but that made no difference to the swallows. They sat on that ledge, apparently sleeping, during the entire storm.

Just before the rain actually ended I opened the door and took a picture of them. They didn’t even move then! A little later, I opened the door and just watched them, a couple of them watched me right back. I told them they could stay the night. They have to leave in the morning though, we don’t want them nesting there. I don’t think they believed me. We’ll see if I have to call the war with the swallows back on again tomorrow. But for tonight, they can have their shelter from the storm.


Long HOT Days

I doubt the heat would be getting to me as much as it is if it weren’t for the humidity here. The days start out no cooler than about 78 and go up to close to 100 with a “feels like 110” showing on the forecast most of the time. That’s not such a big deal, normally, but with the new meds I’m on and the humidity here, it is taking it’s toll. Right now I don’t know if it was the heat, or the new med or just a bad night but I woke up burning up. It felt like it was 90 in the room, and I have the AC set at 75! I had a killer bear of a headache and just wanted to SLEEP. Managed to down some Tylenol equivalent but found myself suddenly violently ill. Nothing I had for dinner was staying put. It was NOT a good night! I’m really hoping it was the heat not the new medicine! Finally found something that works on the Fibromyalgia for me!

This morning I got up a little earlier than usual. Tourmaline MUST go outside at 6:30 am. That’s all there is to it. Today that was a good thing, because I’m taking my son’s car in for an oil change at 9. I got a bath after taking care of the dogs and am sitting here with a bowl of instant oatmeal and a glass of Ovaltene. I’ll probably also grab a banana before leaving.

When I get home I’ll probably have to change to shorts and a tank top. I was outside a bit ago to take the trash to the street and noticed this short sleeved top and tan slacks were a bit warm for the day already. It wasn’t even 8 am yet! When I took the dogs out for the last time last night it was still 85 out there, at midnight. Thank goodness for a well functioning air conditioner! I don’t think I would survive long at all if it broke down!

At home in Washington, there are few nights when we can’t open the windows for a few hours in summer at night. I would open them when I go to bed, and close them again when I get up. I cannot do that here, because the heat from the day stays overnight. It definitely isn’t the same heat in Texas that I am used to on the desert side of Washington state.

I don’t know when or if I will be able to mow the lawn in the next few days. It is already too hot when I get up at 6:30 and doesn’t cool down in the evenings. When am I supposed to be able to mow? Maybe this evening, if I eat first and stop for water breaks a lot, I might be able to do the lawn, it desperately needs it! Thankfully there are fewer and fewer weeds every week because of TruGreen’s care for the lawn. But they don’t mow. They put down stuff to kill weeds and fertilizer to get that grass growing. Well that St Augustine grass is growing, and it is doing what it is supposed to do and starting to choke out some of the weeds. I’ll keep trying to get water to all of the lawn and hopefully, by the time my son gets home from Iraq, the lawn will look fantastic!

From what I understand, this weather normally lasts into October, maybe a few degrees cooler then, but not a lot. I guess that means more staying in the house as much as possible, sewing, cross-stitching, playing computer games, and doing crafts and stuff, and playing with the dogs. I only do the gardening when the evening breeze kicks up and the sun is going down. Too bad I end up spending a lot of time outside with the dogs because Tourmaline goes out on a leash most of the time. The last couple days she has voluntarily gone into the kennel with my son’s two big dogs. She was afraid to for a while because she kept getting stepped on. she hates the leash more than she hates being stepped on, I guess.

Long hot days of Summer, just something else I wasn’t as prepared for as I thought when I came here to house sit. I will certainly be glad to go home in a few months. They are having an extremely unnaturally COOL summer there!

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